Iran to shut off 3 GW old power plants
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
By Emil Ilgar – Trend:
Iran plans to shut off several old thermal power plants with a total capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW) before March 20, 2017, Mohsen Tarztalab, head of the Thermal Power Plant Holding, told Fars Nov. 14.
He didn’t reveal the number of those power plants, but said they are more than 35 years old and work at 21-22 percent of efficiency.
Tarztalab predicted that the country would likely face power outages the next summer.
He said the Thermal Power Plant Holding is negotiating with Turkish, South Korean, Chinese and Japanese companies to construct power plants with 8.7 GW of total capacity.
During the current fiscal year, Iran increased the nominal power generation capacity by 1.8 GW to about 75.9 GW. Further, a 1.2-GW power generation capacity is projected to be added by the end of the Iranian fiscal year, that is, by March 20, 2017.
The efficiency of Iran’s thermal power plants stands at about 37 percent on average. Iran plans to increase this volume to above 45 percent by using high-efficiency turbines (F-class and H-class) as well as converting its gas power plants to combined-cycle power plants.
The country plans to increase nominal power generation capacity to 100 GW in the coming five years.